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Two home meets highlight the 2008 Virginia track and field schedule, as announced by head coach Randy Bungard. The Cavaliers will open the 2008 season at the Virginia Tech Invitational and will once again compete in a series of world-class meets in preparation for the ACC Championships and the NCAA Championships.

“Our schedule allows us to make the most of the make-up of our team this year,” said Bungard. “We run against some of the best competition in the country every weekend. There are times when we will split the team up and send certain event areas to meets that provide the best competition in those event areas. Sending the distance crew to Stanford, which sets races up to run fast times, and the sprinters to Miami, where the heat is a welcomed element, is an example of looking for the best situation for certain events.”

The indoor season will see the Cavaliers travel to New York City to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational, one of the top indoor meets in the nation, before taking on the rest of the conference at the ACC Indoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. and the rest of the nation at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. In the outdoor season, the Cavaliers will compete on both coasts with trips to Stanford and Miami during the course of the campaign.

“Our goal as a program is always to put our student-athletes in a position to make the most of their abilities,” said Bungard. “This schedule is just one of the elements that will help accomplish that goal.”

Virginia will also add a second home meet to its schedule. A week before the traditional Lou Onesty/Milton G. Abramson meet, the Cavaliers will host the inaugural Jefferson Cup Invitational on April 5.

“The addition of another home meet will allow our student-athletes the opportunity to run in front of family, friends, and the Charlottesville community. We have a number of very talented student-athletes on this team that many people only read about in the paper or on the internet. I think it is nice to be able to put our kids in front of our community.”

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